Completed in 2009 the Lakeside Way consists of a North and South shore. All together there are 27 miles of wide purpose built all weather trail which follow the entire shore line of Kielder Water in one massive loop. You'll find ups and downs and twist and turns but nothing too tough. This is a multi user trail aimed at mountain bikers, cyclists, horse riders, runners and walkers as well wheel chair and push chair users.
The Lakeside Way can be accessed from the various visitor centres and car parks located at either end of the reservoir as well as on it's South shore. There is a Â£3 charge for parking a car. The North shore lacks facilities which is worth bearing in mind if planning a visit. Using the South shore is advisable for those not wanting to complete the whole route.
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Kielder Water and Forest is in the far North of England near the boarder with Scotland and is most easily accessed from the B6367 and A68. If you're coming from the North on the A68 the most direct route takes you along a toll road which can be avoided by using the B6357. There are various car parks and visitors centres to choose from when it comes to finding some where to park. For mountain bikers the most popular parking spot is Kielder Castle which is at the North end of Kielder Water and is home to the bike hire centre and skills areas.
Please note: Distance is calculated as air distance or "as the crow flies" the most direct route between two points, so the distance by road maybe slightly longer.
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